Higher Education

The Cedar Valley has a variety of opportunities for higher education to fit the diverse needs of our young people and non-traditional students.

Choose from a state university, community college, nursing college, selective liberal arts college or online university all located right in the Cedar Valley.

Allen College

Allen College has been providing excellent health care education for over 75 years, right in Waterloo, on the campus of Allen Hospital of Iowa Health Systems.

Hawkeye Community College

Hawkeye Community College serves regional students and professionals and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and the Iowa Department of Education. Hawkeye offers more than 45 one-year and two-year programs and has six locations within 35 miles of its main campus. 5,400 students were enrolled in 2017. It was recently awarded one of Military Times’ 2019 Best for Vets designation.

North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) 

North Iowa Area Community College offers curriculum in Agriculture, Arts & Science, Business, Health, Industrial Technology, and Continuing Ed.  2018 brought the 100th anniversary for NICC, which has nearly 3,000 students.

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC)

Northeast Iowa Community College offers more than 85 academic programs of study in addition to online and blended learning, customized business and industry training, short-term certification options and adult education and literacy. NICC has over 7,000 students and celebrated 50 years of success in 2016.

The University of Northern Iowa has consistently ranked second in the Midwest top public comprehensive universities by U.S. News and World Report. Attending UNI Athletic events at the well-known UNI-Dome or McLeod Center is a favorite past time for most in the community. UNI had 11,900 students enrolled in 2017.

Upper Iowa University is a private higher education institution with its residential campus with about 900 enrolled students.

Wartburg College

The U.S. News and World Report ranks Wartburg College as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the nation. Wartburg has a reputable athletic department with one of the largest NCAA Division III athletic facilities in the nation. 1,500 students were enrolled in 2017.

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University of Northern Iowa

Best Regional Universities (Midwest)

U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “America’s Best Colleges” Guidebook